Week #12-Artist Conversation- Nicholas Dison

Exhibition information 

Artist: Nicholas Dison

Exhibition: Synergizing Fields

Media: Ceramic

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, West Gaton Gallery

email: N/A

website: N/A

Instagram: #Dison_Ceramics

About the Artist:

Nicholas Dison, is a student who is working hard toward BFA undergrad degree in the School of Art’s Ceramic. He is currently a California State University of Long Beach Student and this is his 4th year. He told us that he is currently work here and assist the ceramic technical. I amazed how he got a job here at the school with his major. He created ceramics objects that form a conversation about art, and he’s operating in the field of crafts, ceramics, and contemporary art. His inspiration and artistic will not only inspired me, but everyone around the world.

Formal Analysis: 

Nicholas Dison, creation of Synergizing Fields was creative. He created ceramics objects that form conversation about art. Within his field of ceramics, He used clay as a medium to create objects that have a particle function or decorative purpose. Those object can be sculptural, figurative, or functional. He is questioning traditional ideas of how art is defined in relation to how it is made, while it creates a dialogue with Color Field painting. The mix modern colorful painting and classical with the gilled border and table by putting these new contexts on top. He mentioned that one piece with the cross represent how church used to control artist. He mixed many ingredients as possible and you cannot repeat them and you can get a different product, hear, and glaze. Color Flied painting emphasis on color, material, and expanse as a ties directly to the surface concerns involved in ceramic glazing, yet as an “epitome of mid-twentieth-century high modernist art. This is a separate itself both from craft traditions, and from pre modernist aesthetics and ornamentation. His work looks to pit styles, genres, and traditions against one another to consider their shared qualities and differences. The objects are placed within the framework on the painting. The objects are melting into color fields, the abstract color fields with a tight design on the objects within the painting. He placed these objects that are found in the home that are embellished with floral patterns and filigree.

Content Analysis: 

Nicholas’s project is about how used clay as a medium to create objects that have a particle function or decorative purpose. In his recent works treat the glazed surface as a form of Color Field painting, yet retrain the expansive “field” association of the genre with Baroque and Victorian inspired frames and objects imbedded with floral patterns and filigree. He mentioned that when he was glazing, he feels exciting. His exploration allows for great variability while still allowing him to reproduce desirable results. His exploration of ceramics materials has led him to new discoveries; from one failure until a new idea was forms. Then he fired the pieces’ multiple of times until the piece feels complete.

Synthesis/My Experience: 

When I was entering the West Gaton Gallery. I was amazed how the frames was set up. Each of the frames has a unique meaning. I thought it was painting until reading his personal statements. First frame that I looked at reminded me of graffiti. I inspired the artist that he was able to create a great project that can be related to the Baroque and Victorian. I thought it was a great idea. I like all of pieces that he put together. This shows that art can be create from that has meaning to you.



Week #11- Artist Conversation- Kyle Kruse

Exhibition information 

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Paint, Mixed-Media, Installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

email: KyleKruse.com

website: N/A

instagram: Kyle.Kruse

About the Artist:

Kyle Kruse, is a transfer student who is working hard toward BFA undergrad degree in the school of Art’s print making. He is currently a California State University of Long Beach Student. He grew up in Long Beach. He did rock climbing and love to drive cars. He mentioned that he grew up in a print collect family. First he came to college as a physic major and then he decides to make things that how he ended up in BFA undergrad in the school of Art’s print making.

Formal Analysis: 

Kyle Kruse, creation of, Janus Maxim, has three major sets of films, sculptures, and woodblock carvings dissect and reconfigure the Greco-Roman teaching myths of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus Cyclical figures-elucidate cycles of human progress. It was amazing to learn about the myths. He talked about the three myths, first the Prometheus, forever chained circles of consumption for providing humanity with fire, and the resulting birth of civilization. Sisyphus, forever climbing his hill in the fires of Tartarus for trying to cheat death and prior to that breaking his society’s social contracts. Lastly, Janus in the center of the god of beginnings, endings, gateways and transitions. Janus is representative of the center, transition, and the opposites at each end, the maintenance of these cycles from the void. He also shared that what he calls the void is the viewer exists in multiple point and states throughout time, life of the absence of either.

Content Analysis: 

This man’s project is about questioning ourselves what is actually teaching us? He mentioned that at a point that there is human and other point is an animal. There’s a lot of concept when you look at the art. He also shared that he saw something and feel that way and wonder why and that is how he wants his exhibition. He wants to share that feeling out and created this amazing art. The filming that is part of his exhibition took couples of month and traveling around to look for a place to film. When we ask where did he filmed? He said that he wants the audience to imagine it on our own, “location is in your own head?” Editing was the easiest and it several months. When you enter the exhibit, when I walk on the floor, I can feel the dirt and when you step on it, I can hear how crunchy it is. He said the represent stepping on bone stepping and turning to ashes. The fire represents the fire consumes the body and it returns to sand. Also the new is free to rise and burn again. 

Synthesis/My Experience:

When I entering the exhibit, I was scared because it was dark. To me, it represents heal with a lot weird mask that the artist made. From watching the video, the artist wants us to see that he out there doing something and I am not sure what he was doing. I did not get to interviewed him much because I was not sure or understand what he was talking about. Also, the artist wants us to interpret his art on our own. I was amazed on some of the art work that he put pieces together. I inspired the artist that he was able to create a great project that can be related to each and individual of us. This shows that art can be create from own thoughts and feeling. I got to learn news thing like the myths and the names of these myths.


Week #11- Classmate Conversation-Yesenia Hernandez

Yesenia is a student at CSULB and this is her 5th year. She double majoring in Human Development and IST. For the classmate conversation, In the article, a young artist is being criticized by Demi Lovato for drawing of her breast. Yesenia, both disagree and agree with Demi Lovato’s reaction. She mentioned that she agree because it is unrealistic and its a problem because of way girls are idealized and objectified to look a certain way which creates a lot of body issues. But fans art is great and shows the appreication for that artist, the love and connection they feel for them. She thinks that Demi is overacts and could have handles the artist art in a different manner. img_6278